Frequently Asked Questions
• The Rolfing 10-Session
Series…What is it?
• Do I have to do all ten sessions….or ‘only’ ten
• How often should sessions take place?
• Are the changes permanent?
• How Does Rolfing Feel? …..Does it Hurt?
• How is Rolfing different than massage?
• Is Rolfing "deep tissue therapy", or "myofascial
• Can Rolfing affect Posture and Alignment?
• How Does Rolfing affect Aches and Pains?
• How can Rolfing help with Flexibility?
• Can Rolfing affect my Athletic Performance?
• Does Rolfing have Psychological and Emotional Benefits?
• Kids? Seniors?
Rolfing 10-Session Series…What is it?
The 10 Session series developed by Dr. Rolf
is an overall systematic method of approaching your body as
a whole to bring it into balance and alignment. As a
Rolfer, I will look at how your entire body has compensated,
shortened, and adjusted over time. The ten-session series allows
me to work comprehensively to deal with those compensations,
not just to fix a local problem, but to get at your body's
entire postural pattern. The broad goals of the individual
sessions allows me to customize how I reach that goal for you
based on what is going on specifically in your body.
Do I have
to do all ten sessions….or ‘only’ ten
No. Each session is complete within itself.
Some people come for two or three sessions and get what they
want to achieve. If you choose to do fewer sessions than the
entire series, you and your Rolfer can come up with a strategy
to get the maximum benefit out of the number of sessions that
you can do.
Also, some clients with chronic problems choose
to extend their Rolfing beyond the original series. It is up
to the Rolfer and client to create an approach best suited
to each client.
often should sessions take place?
Most clients come in once a week or once every
two weeks. However, I do have a handful of clients who
come in once a month with the only difference in their experiences
is that the process and the results take place over a shorter
or longer period of time. Also, I have clients with widely
varying business and personal schedules who will have a few
sessions with sometimes a few months in between ‘groupings’ within
the series. Again --- We can work together to approach
your Rolfing experience in a way that is appropriate to your
the changes permanent?
Ida Rolf claimed that once a person's body
was more balanced in gravity, that gravity would help to reinforce
the new posture and the changes wouldn't fade away with time.
What we've all found is that the changes gained during Rolfing
are long-lasting for most people - you won't need to keep re-doing
Life is ongoing though and you will continue
to put new stress on your body through continuation of work
habits such as sitting at the same computer desk or continue
the same physical activity. New activities and events
in your life can also add new compensations and strains. Most
clients come in for additional sessions on a much less frequent
basis to remediate any issues before they become problematic.
Rolfing Feel? …..Does it Hurt?
The area of body being worked
can vary in sensations and feelings depending upon
the existence of chronic stress, injury and other factors. New
mind-sets replaced the old in the Rolfing community
and our profession has evolved in a way that we have
found the process to be as (and in many cases, more)
effective, while working at levels that are more comfortable
to the client. In short, most new clients who
are worried about Rolfing being painful cease to have
that concern after experiencing a session.
is Rolfing different than massage?
Traditionally, massage has focused on relaxing
and releasing short-term tension or stress of our day to day
activities through the muscular system and the touch used in
massage therapy techniques is consistent with muscular relaxation.
The focus of Rolfing is changing chronic
patterns of tension, and on making postural changes that will
be long-term in nature. Rolfing is working on another
type of tissue, fascia. Fascia is distinct from muscle and
responds best to a very different type of touch. The pace and
feel of a Rolfing session is very different than a massage. Clients
usually leave a Rolfing session with more ease, energy and
focus. Many return promptly after a session to their
work or other activities of the day.
Rolfing "deep tissue therapy", or "myofascial
Currently more and more manual therapists work
with fascia. "Deep tissue work", "myofascial
release" and "myofascial therapy", and “neuromuscular” therapies
are a few of the names given to such work. What distinguishes
Rolfing is not the medium in which we work but the goals of
our work - organizing the body in gravity. Releasing tight
tissue is a method we use, but not the goal itself. We
look at you body and your structure as a whole and focus our
work with that goal in mind. Our goal is a balanced body
that functions in an easier and more efficient way allowing
you a richer experience of life.
Ida Rolf was influenced by chiropractic and
osteopathy as it existed in the earlier 1900’s in developing
her work. What she took away from this influence was
the chiropractic observation that structure (your form) determines
function (how you feel, how well your body works). Traditional
chiropractic has had as its focus the skeletal system. She
was most interested in the system of fascia - she believed
that a majority of the time, the skeletal system was being
pulled out of place by soft tissue, and so her focus was on
the soft tissue (myofascia).
My experience is that the two modalities, Rolfing
and Chiropractics, can work well together in a complementary
Rolfing affect Posture and Alignment?
Yes. You will sit an stand taller and
with less effort. You will breath more easily and fully,
and look and feel lighter.
Does Rolfing affect Aches and Pains?
As your body comes more into balance and length
and volume are restored to your soft tissues, aches and pains
are reduces and often eliminated.
can Rolfing help with Flexibility?
Flexibility can be enhanced as the fascia regains
length lost to stresses, strains and/or traumas. Rolfing
allows the collagen fibers that make up the fascia to realign
in a way that puts length back into these tissues allowing
for better length in the muscles, tendons and ligaments returning
a sense of youthfulness and vitality.
Rolfing affect my Athletic Performance?
Yes. Rolfing can restore efficiency in
your movements allowing for a more effective athletic performance. You
will find that you need less energy for a given movement and
so perform that movement with more ease and power. My
background is long distance running and it was a running overuse
injury that originally led me to Rolfing and then to become
Rolfing have Psychological and Emotional Benefits?
We are our life experiences….good and
bad. Rolfing can have significant effects on the whole
person, affecting emotions, perceptions of body image and attitudes. A
simple and all too common example -- In traffic we tend to
tense in the shoulders, developing shoulder and neck holding
patterns resulting in headaches. This stress can also
lead to tingling and numbness in the arms and/or hands or the
inability to fully rotate the neck independent of the shoulders
for safer driving practices. For others, their structure may
carry the effects of emotional or physical trauma. In shifting
the physical effects of trauma and/or emotional holding patterns,
Rolfing can be useful as a complement to psychotherapy or personal
A physical body at ease and in balance is more
capable of positively and appropriately handling both emotional
and physical stresses and traumas that happen in our lives
leading to better health and wellbeing.
I have experience and enjoy working with all
ages. I have worked on newborns and on adults age 94.